Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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If It's Happening, Choose It

Riverwood Apartments, Napa, California, USA

June 19, 2022



"I don't believe in what I'm doing at all. I have absolutely no belief in what I'm doing. I already know how it's going to turn out. The way it turns out is fait accompli. I mean there's nothing I can do about the way it turns out. I know exactly how it's going to turn out. You know, it's going to turn out exactly like it turns out. It's been doing that for eons. So you say 'But then Werner: what's your motive? What are you working all those hours for?'. I'm not motivated. There isn't any motive. There's no damn vision  motivating me. You know, if I stopped doing it tomorrow, it wouldn't make a damn bit of difference. And if I keep doing it right to the end, it won't make any difference. The only thing that's going to happen is what happens. But that doesn't fit into our structure. That doesn't fit into our categories."
...   responding to an assertion that he believes in what he's doing because he's motivated by a vision 
This essay, If It's Happening, Choose It, is the companion piece to What Happened As Distinct From The Story About What Happened.

I am indebted to Roger Smith who inspired this conversation and contributed material, and to Dianne Morrison who contributed material.




If it's happening, choose it (because / if that's what's happening).


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... THE ONLY THING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS WHAT HAPPENS. BUT THAT DOESN'T FIT INTO OUR STRUCTURE. THAT DOESN'T FIT INTO OUR CATEGORIES.

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What's happening as distinct from the story about what's happening.

[... being continued ...]



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